Glock 30SF. I love mine.
This is a discussion on Best Sub-Compact .45 for Concealed Carry within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by cswant88 My idea of outrageously priced is paying $800 on up for something that has no business being that expensive. Take Kimber ...
Just found this as a starter; he's not real knowledgeable about firearms, but thought it showed some good in hand comparison shots if nothing else: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHF4s1B4yPg
If I were personally to choose between the CW45 and the G36, I'd go with the G36. That little less height makes all the difference in the world with printing. That's actually where the XDS will shine, but you loose a round and gain a slight (perhaps negligible) amount of weight.
Don't forget, the XDS does have an external safety; albeit it is a grip safety like a 1911. Don't know if that matters to you as much as one you have to "actuate" with your thumb. I would think not, but it is a concern to some people.
Glock 30SF. I love mine.
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Sorry, I get my Glocks cheaper at an LEO price and should have realized you perhaps could not. You are correct, the CW45 would be cheaper.
I'm assuming the suggestion of the CW45 over the PM45 or P45 is because of price, right? From what I've seen, the SA XDS 45 & Kahr CW45 are the best choices. The Glock 30SF & 36 are not that small, IMHO. For me, I'll stick with my P45, which I prefer over the Glock 36 that I used to have. It's not that I don't like the 36 (I do), but the P45 is smaller & thinner, while packing the same amount of rounds in it. However, given the budget, I'd say the CW45 is hard to beat.
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SIG SAUER P220......either Compact or Carry model. Double action/single action with no safety. More accurate than a Glock30sf, and yes......I have the Glock also. Sig makes high quality firearms.
Glock 36, 30 or M&P 45c are all good choices. I just went through this myself and decided on the M&P, but if I had to "settle" for a G30 or 36 I woulda been okay with it.
I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
I'm going through the same search right now. I am getting rid of a Kahr PM40 (when I get it back from the factory for the second time) because it keeps breaking mag followers. I carry a Glock 23, but would like something smaller, and would like something in .45. I held a Glock 36 the other day and liked it, just not sure though. The Kahr I held that day seemed larger, I think it was the CW45. Have lost faith in Kahr though. The XDs seemed too small. Maybe I'll just buy a 9mm pocket gun like the LC9. I've thought about going to a 1911, but don't neccesarily want to learn a new platform. Maybe a Rock Island 1911 to try it? I'm all over the place trying to figure it out.
My Glock 30 sf is a honey to conceal. Great weapon.
I can only speak for the Glock 36 and Kimber Ultra Carry, but since the 1911 doesn't fit your requirements, I can say I don't see any other sub comp 45 out there I'd trade my 36 for. And even if the 1911 did fit your requirement, I'd still pick the Glock. And i'm not even a Glock fanboy. Size, accuracy and reliability is what it is for most people myself included, in a carry gun.